VR In Retrospective: How Could the Tech Advance Even More

VR has really taken the gaming world by storm. It has offered a brand new way for avid gamers to experience the games that they know and love and has been embraced by almost all members of the community. Before now, nothing has really ever compared to the immersion that you get thanks to VR technology and it is the closest that we have ever got to really being in the games that we love.  

 VR did not enter the market in the exact form that you see today. In fact, developers have been testing the potential that VR could have for a number of years. You may not know this, but VR is no new thing. It has actually been in testing for a number of years and has only recently been released into the mass market for easy purchase.  

 You may have noticed mentions of VR in pop culture for a number of years, but it hasn’t always been as glamorous as it is right now. In fact, some of the first virtual reality equipment that was available to use was nothing more complicated than a VR mask that allowed you to see your game from your character’s perspective but didn’t have the same movement or immersion abilities as current models.  

 Right now, when you use VR technology it feels as though you are really there. However, as with any aspect of life, not everyone is completely happy with the experience that VR currently offers. Many people believe that there are ways that technology could really advance, but what advancements do people crave? 

No controller  

Arguably one of the only aspects of virtual reality that is holding it back from being completely immersive is the must-have use of controllers. Unfortunately, right now, technology just isn’t at the palace that it needs to be in order for this to be possible and also practical.  

 It is definitely agreed that there is something about the use of controllers that really reminds you that you are in fact playing a game. Controllers can actually be extremely annoying to use too, as you can’t see them and unless you have good muscle memory, you probably won’t be able to remember where all of the buttons are.  

 Many people believe that VR technology should be in a place where you can just move freely and experience the game in a fully immersive way. However, it is important to remember that one of the main uses of the VR controller is to be able to move in your games. Running around in real life simply wouldn’t work, as the environment that you are playing in is likely to be very different to the game environment.  

Though controller play doesn’t seem to be something that we will see in the next five years, developers are taking steps into improving the controller that you can use right now. In fact, if you are familiar with PlayStation virtual reality, then you may be aware that there are new controllers hitting the market which promise to make your experience much more realistic.  

Cheats 

Something that many gamers believe is missing from the VR experience is the ability to use cheats. Cheats make any game runner, so imagine how fun they would make it when you feel like you are in the game.  Right now, you can even cheat at destiny 2 if you want to win more, so why are you unable to cheat in some of the most advanced gaming technology that we have ever seen? 

4D 

4D is something that is always joked with and has been experimented with in several sectors of life, like movies and music. However,  many people believe that one way to make virtual reality truly immersive is by introducing an element of smell. For some games , like horror games, it seems unusual that people would want to be able to smell their surroundings.  

 However, many people argue that even bad smells will completely transform the virtual reality experience and make it feel as though you are really there, which seems to be quite appealing to some VR fans.  

Understanding Modern Tech: Self-Driving Cars

Technology has come a very long way to be where we’re at with it today, half a century ago it seemed like a pipe dream that almost everyone would have their own laptop and their own mobile phone as technology was expensive and not accessible back then. It used to be the case that only rich people owned a TV and now in most family homes there are several in different rooms. This is also true for cars, when cars were first in production it was only the super-rich who could afford to buy a car and afford to fuel it. In the 1920s cars started to be mass-produced, the newly designed production line cut down the time it takes to make a car from weeks to merely days which made them much cheaper and allowed most people to purchase one. 

The next advancement in modern car technology is likely to be self-driving cars. This concept would have been laughed at years ago, but technology has come so far and is so sophisticated that it now seems very likely and development has already begun on creating self-driving cars that are suitable for the road, you’ll be able to check which cars are driven normally and which are self-driven by doing a chassis number check which provides you with all the information about any car you have the VP number of. How these cars will work may be a bit confusing to many people and may seem dangerous, so we’ve delved into everything you need to know about self-driving cars. 

How do they work?

A prototype for a self-driving car has already been created which means it’s inevitable that these cars will eventually become widely accessible, there are still some tweaks that need changing before this prototype is fully safe for the road but the hardest part has been completed. Self-driving cars will work based on lots of sensors and complex coding alongside this to allow the vehicle to make sense of what the sensors mean, they also will have some of the world’s best and most powerful processors to allow them to execute the software. The sensors are used to allow the care to build a map of their surroundings, there are several types of sensors involved in this complex process. 

Radar sensors are used to monitor the surroundings, for example where other vehicles on the road are positioned, video cameras are used to look out for things such as traffic lights and pedestrians and light detection is used to identify lane markings on the road. The powerful software then makes sense of all of this data and sends instructions to the car’s functions like the brakes and the steering wheel. 

The Pro’s of Self-Driving Cars

There is a whole range of pros of self-driving care becoming widely accessible. If the majority of the population are using self-driving cars then this would make the roads much safer. It takes away many of the dangers associated with driving, human error on the roads often causes accidents for example if someone is distracted, this issue would be completely eradicated as self-driving cars wouldn’t make these kinds of mistakes. There would also be no more accidents associated with drink driving and there would be no more road rage issues. They would also be more time-efficient, say you’re late for work instead of looking for a place to park, your car can drop you off and then park itself. Insurance would also be much cheaper making it more accessible to people and they would make driving more accessible for the elderly and the disabled giving them more freedom than they’re used to. 

The 5 Best YouTube Tech Channels to Follow

For any of you tech enthusiasts out there, you’ll be extremely happy to hear that the number of channels on YouTube that class themselves as tech channels is increasing. This means more videos for you to watch and learn from so you’ll never run out of tech videos again. Every tech topic I could think of has been covered by at least 1 YouTuber, whether that’s about medical technology, communication technology, or construction technology, every area is covered. There are also many tech videos that are reviews of products, tech tutorial videos, and many experimental tech videos which are fan favorite. As YouTube is now home to so many of these channels, we’ve rounded up the 10 best tech channels so that you can watch the best tech videos without having to watch any bad ones.

CNET

CNET is a well-known and highly successful tech YouTube channel that is by far one of the most popular tech channels, they are so popular that one of their YouTube videos made it to the top 10 most viewed youtube videos of all time. Their YouTube channel has everything from technology tutorials to interviews with some of the most tech-smart people in the world including Mark Zuckerberg.  They also have video coverage of all the main tech events, so if you can’t make it to your favorite event then check out this channel and it’s likely they’ll have a video you can watch to feel like you’re there.

Mashable

Mashable is another really popular tech channel on YouTube, they have over 500k subscribers and thousands of dedicated fans watch every video that they release. Most of the videos on this channel have their main focus on new innovative technology. They discuss and build all sorts of exciting things from robots to jet packs and they often discuss the existing future of VR. They also offer tech help videos, these are some of the simplest tech help videos we’ve seen, so if you have something that needs fixing this channel is a great place to look.

MKBHD

This channel is one of the tech channels with the highest number of subscribers as they have over 5 million subscribers. For anyone who has seen any videos from the channel, you’ll see exactly why they have so many subscribers, the quality of these videos is very high. He has a brilliant sense of humor and his amazing camera work makes for an easy and enjoyable watch. He often does Q&A videos so if you have any tech questions and you don’t know where to get your answer then this channel is a great place to look.

Tech Insider

Tech Insider is a popular channel that is getting close to having 1 million subscribers. They’re based on Business Insider and they explore some of the hottest tech topics, the biggest current issues, and any inside scoops in the tech world. They also have some of the most fun tech videos including fun topics like how deep the ocean is, scary VR games, and any new weird inventions

Techquickie

Techquickie is a really informative but still fun YouTube tech channel. Their videos are short usually only lasting around 5 minutes but they’re filled with information and humor so they’re a great watch. Their videos fall into 1 of 3 categories; answering questions that you didn’t even know you had, help to fix any malfunctioning tech that you may have, or exciting home DIY tech projects that are seen as some of the most ambitious tech projects.

The Dummy Guide to Setting up Your Home Network

For someone who is new to this, on the surface setting up your home network can seem pretty complicated. If you don’t know the basics we suggest finding a list of the most popular network mapping tools. We know the results might seem complicated, luckily, it’s much easier than it may seem and you don’t actually need to know the lingo to be able to set it up. We’ve compiled a guide for you with everything you need to know about how to set up your home network and when it’s broken down it is much easier to follow.

Connect your router

This is a very important step as your router acts as the connection between all your devices and your home network. It’s important that you make sure any devices you want to connect are configured properly and have the correct network adapter, this is a common mistake many people make. To connect your router to your network you need to use an ethernet cable so make sure you have one before you start.

Access the Interface

To do this you’ll have to connect a device like your laptop to the router and then you’ll be able to access the interface. Once you access this you need to change your laptop’s IP settings so that they match up with the IP settings of your router, by doing this you’ve made it so your laptop can communicate with your router. Once they can communicate you can use your laptop to gain access to the software of your router which is needed for setup.

Change the settings

The settings that you need to look out for at this stage and make sure are correct are; the IP address, security, and the SSID. Security is extremely important when setting up your home network as if it’s configured incorrectly then it leaves you and your data vulnerable. All of these changes are made in the same place which makes this much easier, they can be accessed at the router’s management interface, usually in the basic settings area. Whilst most are similar if you’re struggling to find these settings you’ll have to contact the manufactures of your router who will be able to give you all the information you need.

Set up sharing

Once you’ve gotten to this stage, the most difficult part of the process is complete so well done. You might have thought it would be difficult but the process is almost complete. Now the network is set up there are only a few simple things left to do, so everyone can access the network you should create a HomeGroup, the most popular way to do this is with Windows.

Create accounts

By creating user accounts for all the users who will be connected to this network is allows for each user’s privacy as their data will require a password to access. If you control the network and you’re concerned for example about what your kids might be doing, the controller can still keep tabs on what the other users are doing.

Inside Tech: Is it Possible to Repair an iPhone

We all rely on our phones for so much, so it can be mega annoying when something goes wrong- especially when we don’t know what to do or who to turn to. Some issues that we run into regarding our iPhone can be easily sorted ourselves at home, but sometimes it’s better to leave it to the professionals, that’s why they’re there after all! If you are not sure how serious your problem is, it is possible to find this out by logging into your iCloud on another device and answer the questions regarding your issue, apple will then give you a solution or tell you whether your phone needs to be seen by them. If you do run into a problem with your iPhone, Apple will always be willing to help, you can bring your phone to your nearest Apple Store to get it fixed, or visit an independent repair center if you feel this is appropriate for your issue. When you purchase your iPhone, it automatically comes with a year warranty for repairs; you just need to check that your specific problem is covered.  

Issues with Simple Solutions 

Sometimes your iPhone may just have a mind of its own and decide to shut down, freeze or maybe do something strange such as a prolonged white screen. These issues are often ones that can be resolved through a quick google search. These sorts of issues do not need to be repaired as such, as they often require you to hold a certain button in for a certain length of time, reset your phone, or maybe connect your phone to a computer to access iCloud. In these cases, you most likely do not need to get your phone repaired or seen by a professional. There may also be circumstances where something you have exposed your iPhone to has caused it to react in a certain way- such as water exposure or extreme temperatures, in these cases, there are also methods on google that can aid you with this.  

iPhone Lock Removal  

A while ago, Apple decided that they needed to design a feature within the iPhone that prevents iPhones from being accessed by thieves and hackers; this is called an activation lock. While this is of course useful and I’m sure has protected a lot of people’s privacy, it can be frustrating if you get locked out of your iPhone. If this happens, you will need to contact Apple and ask for iPhone activation lock removal; you will be asked to prove that the iPhone was purchased by you, so they can make sure it is not stolen. This is a simple issue to fix.  

Smashed screen 

Smashed screens are the most common repair when it comes to iPhones becoming damaged and while people often try and fix it themselves, this often causes damages to worsen. If you dropped your phone and it made a slight crack, this is unlikely to be an issue regarding the use of your iPhone, therefore, I doubt you need to get it fixed unless it really bothers you. Although, a really smashed screen that means you cannot use your phone with ease, definitely needs to be fixed. However, a smashed screen does not automatically mean that you need to be shipping your phone off to Apple, there are plenty of independent stores that will fix your phone screen for you.  

Remember, iPhones are not built to last for a very long time, otherwise no one would buy a new phone and Apple would go bust. Therefore, there may come a time (due to planned obsolescence) where your iPhone just gives up and becomes too outdated to be repaired; in which case, it was probably less of your doing and more that you just need a new phone.  

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